Lalone Among Cortland Regional T-F Qualifiers
CORTLAND-ITHACA - The Cortland men's indoor track and field team began its 2019-20 campaign Saturday with competitors at the Brockport Season Opener Meet and the Cornell Greg Page Relays.
The Red Dragons recorded eight All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference (AARTFC) qualifying performances at Brockport – five in field events and three in track events.
Peyton Lalone (Ogdensburg) was among Cortland's AARTFC qualifiers with his performance in the 60-meter dash. He was second out of 27 in the prelims at 7.08 seconds but did not compete in the finals.
Lalone is a senior Physical Education who joined the track field team in the 2018-19 school year after competing for the Cortland Men's Soccer Team as a freshman. He is a 2016 graduate from OFA in 2016 where he was a NAC Central MVP in soccer and basketball amnd also earned first team all-star honors in baseball and set school record in stolen bases.
In 2018-19 Lalone finished 19th in the 200 meters (22.54) at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Championships...Earned indoor all-region honors in the 200 meters...Posted the third-best preliminary time in the 60 meters (7.14) at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships...Finished 10th in the 200 meters (22.07) and was a member of the seventh-place 4 x 100 relay team at the AARTFC Outdoor Championships.
He earned first team All-SUNYAC honors as a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team at the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships...Placed fourth in the 200 meters (22.28) at the outdoor conference meet. In 2017-18: he finished 12th in the 60 meters (7.23) and the 200 meters (23.01) at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships, finished 11th in the 100 meters (11.24) at the AARTFC Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and Placed sixth in the 100 meters (11.13, 11.04 preliminaries) and finished ninth in the 200 meters (22.45) at the SUNYAC Outdoor Championships.
Three of the qualifying times for Cortland came in the triple jump as Micah Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip), last year's NCAA Division III runner-up, finished in first place at 14.41 meters (47' 3.5"), followed by Wendell Brand (Sleepy Hollow) in third place (14.06 meters/46' 1.5") and Malik Hinds (Bay Shore) in fourth place (13.52 meters/44' 4.25").
Brand also hit an AARTFC mark with his second-place long jump of 6.94 meters (22' 9.25"). Brett DiVittorio (Brewster) and Isaiah Brooks (Minoa/East Syracuse Minoa) claimed the top two spots in the 60-meter hurdles, both with AARTFC times.
DiVittorio won in 8.14 seconds and Brooks was second in 8.45 seconds (8.42 in prelims). Zach Kashmer (Chili/Churchville-Chili) won the pole vault with a qualifying height of 4.40 meters (14' 5.25"). He was one of two competitors to clear that height, but he awarded first place since he accomplished the feat on his first try compared to two attempts for the other athlete.
Cortland returns to action in a meet at Utica College on January 18.